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Healthy again

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

A bout with mononucleosis put an end to Marc-Antoine Pouliot's hopes of being a part of the Edmonton Oilers roll to the Stanley Cup Final last spring, but he's healthy again and hoping to pick up where he left off.

Pouliot, who got into eight games with the Oilers last season before mono put an end to his season during a first-round series against the Detroit Red Wings, has beaten the bug and he'll be competing for a roster spot when camp opens in Grande Prairie Friday.

"It lasted about six weeks," said Pouliot, who skated with several of his teammates at Kinsmen Arenas yesterday.

"Now, I feel good. I've been skating back home (in Quebec) since mid-July."

Pouliot, 21, recalled from Hamilton of the AHL in March, scored 1-0-1 in his eight-game stint heading into the post-season. With 15-41-46 in 65 games with the Bulldogs, Pouliot was named Hamilton's MVP and top rookie after being called up by Edmonton.

He spent a few weeks taking in the NHL atmosphere before getting into his first game, and he hoped to get into the line-up against Detroit, but the mononucleosis put an end to those aspirations.

Still, Pouliot, drafted 22nd overall by the Oilers in 2003, believes that first taste of NHL action will stand him in good stead when camp opens.

"I'm looking forward to this," said Pouliot, who'll try and earn a job at centre, a position the Oilers are very deep in.

"There's a lot of good players here, but I've got another year of experience and I had a few games here already, so ...

"I think I'm ready, for sure. It was a great experience for me being here, especially at the end of the year like that. I've had a little taste of it and I want more."


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